Single Vehicle Accident

At 7:08 p.m. on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office investigated a single vehicle car accident in the 2900 Block of 420th Avenue (Highway #4). The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office located a Gold 2001 Buick Park Avenue in the ditch that had struck a utility pole. The Buick had an electrical wire underneath the car and two wires just above the car. Nobody was located around the car or in the area when Sheriff’s Officials arrived at the scene. The 2001 Buick is registered to Stephen Allis of Graettinger. The Buick is considered a total loss and damage to the utility pole is estimated at $4,500. The accident remains under investigation by the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office.

Assisting the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was the Emmetsburg Ambulance Service and the Graettinger Fire Department.

Domestic Assault Arrest

On 10/17/2017 at 1: 07 p.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an assault that had occurred at 1702 Mitchell Street Apartment #15 in Ruthven. Following an investigation into the report the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Tyler Jon Hightshoe, 19, of Ruthven charging him with Domestic Abuse Assault, a Serious Misdemeanor. Hightshoe was transported to the Palo Alto County Jail, without incident, and booked in to await his initial appearance before the magistrate.

A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Barking Dog Violation

ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 16TH, 2017 AT 12:15 AM, THE PALO ALTO COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE RECEIVED A COMPLAINT REFERENCE TO A BARKING DOG AT 505 WEST PATTERSON, GRAETTINGER. FOLLOWING AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE COMPLAINT, THE PALO ALTO COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE CITED RUBY WALL (37), OF GRAETTINGER, FOR VIOLATION OF GRAETTINGER CITY ORDINANCE 55.08 (ANIMAL NUISSANCE-BARKING DOG), WHICH IS A SIMPLE MISDEMEANOR. WALL WAS GIVEN A COURT DATE TO APPEAR BEFORE A MAGISTRATE AT A LATER DATE.

A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Two Vehicle Accident

At 7:16 p.m. on Saturday, October 14, 2017 the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office investigated a two vehicle car accident at the intersection of Highway 18 and Highway 4. The Sheriff’s Office determined a 2001 Honda Accord driven by 26 year old Abbey Berven of Graettinger was south on Highway 4 and stopped for the stop sign. Berven then continued out into the path of a westbound 2012 Toyota Tacoma being driven by 68 year old James Miller of Spirit Lake.

Berven was extradited from her vehicle by mechanical means and was transported to the Palo Alto County Hospital by the Emmetsburg Ambulance Service with incapacitating injuries. Berven would later be transported by air ambulance to another medical facility for treatment. Miller was also transported by the Emmetsburg Ambulance Service to the Palo Alto County Hospital with minor injuries.

The 2001 Honda Berven was operating is considered to be a total loss. The 2012 Toyota operated by Miller received an estimated $5,000 in damage. Berven and Miller were both wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident.

Assisting the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office at the scene was the Emmetsburg Police Department, Emmetsburg Fire Department, Palo Alto County Ambulance Service, and the Iowa State Patrol. The accident remains under investigation by the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office.

Car Deer Accident

On Friday, October 13th, 2017, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint reference to a car/deer accident in the 3600 block of 500th Street. Following an investigation into the complaint, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office determined that Brianna Erickson (24), of Laurens, was driving a 2009 Ford Escape eastbound in the 3600 block of 500th Street. A deer entered the roadway from the north ditch and was struck by Erickson’s vehicle. There were no injuries reported in the accident. Erickson’s vehicle sustained an estimated $1,500.00 damage.

Car Deer Accident

On Thursday, October 12th, 2017, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was advised of a car deer collision that occurred within the 4400 block of 320th Street at approximately 6:15 a.m. Connie Sidles (62) of Emmetsburg, Ia was driving a 2008 Chevy HHR westbound in the 4400 block of 420th Street when a deer exited the north ditch, entered the roadway and collided with the Sidles vehicle causing damage to the passenger side. Damages to the vehicle were estimated at $3500.00. No injuries were reported.

Warrant Arrest

On Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 at 9:36 p.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Bryan Markley (27) of Ruthven, Ia on a valid Clay County arrest warrant for failing to appear for an initial appearance on the original charge of intimidation with a dangerous weapon. The arrest warrant was a no bond warrant and Markley was subsequently transported to Clay County officials to appear before a judge.

A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Driving While Suspended

On Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 at 8:58 p.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop at the corner of Rolling Street and Burns Street in Ruthven, Ia. The driver was determined to be Tracy McCallum (32) of Ruthven, Ia, who was subsequently cited on the charge of driving while suspended in the State of Iowa.

A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Car Dog Accident

At 5:17 p.m. on October 11, 2017 the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office investigated a car dog accident. Michael Stofferan (49) of Oyens Iowa was northbound on N-28 when a dog exited the east ditch. Stofferan struck the dog with the left front bumper of his vehicle which caused an estimated $2,000 damage to the 2015 Subaru Outback he was operating. The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was unable to locate the dog or the owners of the dog. Stofferan was not injured in the accident.

Assault Arrest

On Monday, October 9th, 2017, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint about an assault that occurred in the 4800 block of 460th Avenue (Hwy 4). Following an investigation into the complaint, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Austin Goos (20), of Emmetsburg. Goos was charged with assault = simple misdemeanor. Goos was transported, without incident, to the Palo Alto County Jail and booked to await his initial appearance before a magistrate.

A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.